Nancy Vogl Speakers Bureau

Cara Filler

February 10, 2014
Cara Filler

Cara Filler

Expertise:   Safe Driving, Peer Pressure, Substance Abuse, Bullying, Suicide Prevention, Overcoming Obstacles, Leadership, Positive Parenting, Healthy Choices

Speaking Style:  Genuine. Hilarious. Memorable.

Travels From:  Portland, Oregon

Nancy Says:  “Cara began speaking as a way to give meaning to a tragedy. An incredible storyteller – funny too! – she gives freely and abundantly from her heart. I admire her greatly.”


Care More, Speak Up, Stand Out 

Cara Filler is Driven to Inspire. She has shared her powerful leadership and prevention programs with more than 2 million people, empowering others to make everyday choices count. Cara is driven to do so because she knows that if just one person is moved to “care more, speak up and stand out,” her work is worthwhile.

Cara believes it’s not the events in our lives that make us who we are, but the meaning we give to those events. The day before their 18th birthday, her twin sister was killed in a high speed car crash. Since then, Cara has committed her life to helping others lead a life by design, not default, to make conscious choices while putting life and its challenges in perspective. She is the founder of the Drive to Save Lives Tour and creator of iSPOKE UP campaign.

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Cara Filler is Driven to Inspire. For the last 18 years, Cara has shared her powerful positive leadership and prevention programs with more than 2 million people in 5 countries. She has become one of the most sought after female motivational speakers in her field. She empowers students, teachers, parents and complete strangers to make everyday choices count. Why? Because if it causes just ONE person to: Care More, Speak Up, Stand Out.


Cara believes that it is not the events that happen in our lives that make us who we are, but the meaning we give to those events that control the steering wheel of our lives. The road hasn’t always been ‘easy’ for Cara. The day before her 18th birthday, Cara’s world was devastated and forever changed when her identical twin sister, Mairin, was killed in a high speed car crash.  From that day forward, Cara committed to helping others put life and its challenges in perspective.  She is a dedicated Safety Spaz and encourages everyone no matter your age to listen to your inner voice, stand up to a bully, get out of a speeding car, take the keys from a friend who has been drinking, ask for help or make a hard decision. It could just save a life!!

Cara keeps it real. She’s an incredible storyteller, a bad dancer, and totally unashamed to make a fool of herself.  Cara remembers what it’s like to be a student, what it’s like not to fit in, what it’s like to lose someone you love, and what it’s like to want something better for yourself and the world.

She works closely with ASB, SADD, FCCLA, 4H, FFA – among other community organizations worldwide to educate, entertain and empower students.

Cara is also an entrepreneur and founder of the Drive To Save Lives Tour, a hand-selected group of high quality, high impact, prevention speakers who have banned together to create a positive lasting difference for audiences across North America, and the founder of iSPOKE UP, a campaign for students to share their voice and their impact by speaking up for others and themselves and empowering positive choices.

Cara loves singing, dancing with her son, visits to Panera Bread – Mmm soup! and she’s Canadian. Eh. Just for fun, ask her to say any of the following words: sorry, Mom, about, decal, route, North Dakota or pasta.


Presentation Topics

The Drive to Save Lives

Through this eye-opening presentation on traffic safety and risk taking, Cara inspires students to stand up for themselves and their friends, have a good time safely and make better life-changing decisions. With entertaining and powerful messages, Cara encourages students to step up and realize they own the Power of Choice.


Driven: The Rules of the Road to Success 

Life is a journey, and Cara gives students a road map to navigate through it’s speed bumps and roadblocks. Students learn how to create their own GPS (Game Plan for Success!), develop an unstoppable drive forward and the secrets of getting in the express lane to success..


Let's Get R.E.A.L!

n this fast-paced presentation, Cara gets students Really Excited About Leadership. Students walk away with real answers to real questions, like what defines a true leader and how to be one, what L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. stands for and how to make a positive, lasting difference in their school and community.


Are You America's Next Top Role Model?

Do you have what it takes to be America’s Next Top Role Model? During this workshop, students go through extensive training to learn the characteristics of role models and how to become one, how to make a big difference by doing little things, and how to walk the role model talk.


The Three P's of Leadership 

Exciting and fresh, students leave this workshop with the tools they need to become extraordinary leaders in their schools and communities. They will learn how to live with Purpose, Passion and Persistence, and to use these Three P’s to bring out their natural leader, tap into the power of positive peer influence and lead any team to remarkable success.


Give Me an "A": It's All About Attitude! 

Cara can’t do a cartwheel, but she still makes a great cheerleader! That’s because she knows how to stay positive through any obstacle, adversity or hardship. In this hilarious presentation, she teaches students the skills they need to overcome any challenge and reach their goals.


Parent Programs

Cara Filler’s parent programs focus on how parents can communicate effectively with their teens in an honest, realistic and relevant way while actively participating in their lives; reminding parents to be a parent first, and a friend, second. Cara is passionate about supporting parents in understanding how teens think, the risks they face, and why they behave the way they do. A recognized leader on personal growth and overcoming adversity, Cara is well-prepared to motivate, educate, and energize parents to provide the much needed support teens need to stay safe, make smart decisions and succeed in school and in life.

Through her “Road Sensibility” program, you’ll learn:
  • Fun and realistic ways to get your children to open up and share
  • How to teach decision making and traffic safety and leave a positive, lasting impact
  • How to “keep them safe” so you never get “the call” in the middle of the night.



For more than 18 years, Cara Filler has empowered audiences to make everyday choices count. Genuine, funny, relevant and memorable, she has shared her powerfully positive prevention and  leadership programs with more than 2 million people in 5 countries.

Cara’s keynotes, workshops and leadership trainings have inspired people to embrace change,  overcome obstacles, manage risk, make healthy choices, and ultimately Care More. Speak Up.  And Stand Out!

Cara keeps it R.E.A.L. Authentic is her middle name (actually, it’s Lynn). She wears her heart on  her sleeve and it’s contagious. Audiences will feel her genuine care for them and be moved to  action to do the same for others. Whether it’s learning the Rules of the Road to Success or How to  become America’s Next Top Role Model, Cara has a variety of programs that will support your  school or organization’s needs.


An expert on teen driving, graduated licensing and distracted driving, Cara is a highly sought after traffic safety speaker.

Cara’s Straight Talk/No Nonsense Traffic Safety presentation will make you more aware of your responsibility when getting behind the wheel of a car, the importance of respecting others and how “Road Sensibility” reduces injuries and fatalities. Cara speaks openly and honestly, engaging her audience with a straightforward, honest and often hilarious delivery that encourages action. You’ll leave wanting to make a difference – and knowing how.